Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A Colorful Summer Cottage


Welcome to the Summer Celebration Blog Hop 


hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.


If you are following the blog hop in order, then you were just visiting Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles whose home is full of color and creativity.


I made a vow at the beginning of summer to spend less time decorating and more time playing.


Reading in my garden 


and walking on the beach would take precedence over projects.


 I wanted to say "yes" when our daughter-in-law's dad called to say, "let's go sailing!"


I made my life simpler by using dried flowers and paper blooms in the entry - there is one little arrangement of fresh blooms that gets replaced weekly.


A bucket of dried flowers has been sitting on the dining room table for weeks - less time arranging flowers allows for longer beach walks.


I actually did take time to make a few changes in the living room - the first was to slap a fresh coat of white paint on the fireplace.


Steve painted the sign hiding the TV at the beginning of summer - favorite beaches where we have lived or visited.


The milk can was recent gift from a friend and I bought faux blooms at a favorite shop - as the owner assisted me, I told her I wanted the flowers to look like they had come from my garden.


I looked for weeks for matching chairs on either side of the living room windows, but had no luck so Steve gets to keep his well worn leather chair for a little while longer.


Instead I "shopped the house" and moved things all around - the cabinet was pushed down and I moved the white chair into its place.


The smaller table had been beneath the window for awhile and the green chairs were where the cabinet now stands.


Croquet balls from my childhood set, an oversized die, pool balls gathered over many years and tiny bowling pins found at a flea market


 add just the right amount of color around the room.


I kept the game theme going in the old cabinet as well.


As I edited my pics and wrote the post, I decided that I needed to tweak just one thing in the room.


Can you spot it?


Of course, that triggered a few more tweaks, but they can wait because I'm sticking to my plan of playing all summer and heading out to the beach.


And I'm sending you off now to visit Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Paris On My Mind


Yes, another Paris post - more than a month later I have finally edited and organized all of our photos.


Bear with me because the blog posts must serve as my journal -despite beginning a journal on the first day and saving memorabilia, I only wrote one entry in the journal.

JUNE 6




JUNE 7


JUNE 8 & 9
JUNE 10




JUNE 11



JUNE 12



JUNE 13
JUNE 14

JUNE 15

.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   

It was a wonderful vacation and hard to leave, but this happened after we got home.


And, we just booked flights for a visit to Montreal in September.

Friday, July 5, 2019

From Paris to Pau . . .




I love traveling - the months of planning, the actual vacation and then reliving each adventure through photos.


Once we settled on Paris as our destination, I contacted a high school friend who has lived in the south of France since 1970. 


Our core group of high school friends gets together once a year (this is from a 2014 gathering at our house), but I am the last of the friends to visit Linda (in the black shirt) in France.


We arrived in Paris on Thursday and Saturday morning we flew to Pau - we could see the Pyrenees off in the distance from Linda and Gerard's deck.


From this zoomed in shot, you can see a dusting of snow on the mountain tops.


The grounds of their chateau are lovely, 


but Gerard asked that I not put any photos of their gorgeous home on social media.


Linda and Gerard live in the little village of Serres Castet and after lunch Linda drove us into Pau to walk around while Gerard set up for a guitar performance and casual dinner party that evening.


Chateau de Pau sits in the middle of the town - it was the birthplace of Henry IV of France and Napoleon once used it as a holiday home.


I didn't write down the names of any of the buildings so I have no idea the history behind them.


Saturday night's party was so much fun (no pics allowed) - 5 different friends played the guitar, we ate amazing food and looked out at the gorgeous scenery until late in the evening because the sun sets about 10 p.m. at this time of year.


Sunday morning we rose early and drove to Saint Jean de Luz on the Atlantic coast.


It is the the French Basque region 


and we were intrigued by the Basque alphabet and font on the signs.


While Steve was enjoying his beer, I was admiring the Basque linens, but sadly we didn't have time to shop.


When we saw people crowding around the square in town, we realized it was Pentecost Sunday and many people were dressed in beautiful Basque costumes for a variety of events.



These young ladies were my favorites


We went on a little walk around the charming town.


 I spotted lovely gardens here and there


and I enjoyed the distinctive Basque architecture.


We continued our drive south along the Atlantic coast to Hendaya for a quick visit to Gerard's cousin.


Living right on the border between France and Spain,


she speaks both languages and I was able to chat with her in Spanish.


This was one of the first houses I saw in the Basque region of Spain.


We merely drove around the towns of Irun


and Hondarribia, Spain


because everyone was out celebrating Pentecost Sunday andwe could not find a single parking place.


Our time was limited


and too quickly our brief visit with Linda and Gerard was at an end,


but the streets of Paris awaited us.